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Gettysburg Heritage Center

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Address: 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2815 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg...

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war.

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil.

Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!

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iPad tour is a great value

We did not go through this museum but did rent the iPad for the battlefield iPad tour. It was perfect for our family of 5- we could tour at our leisure and it is so much cheaper... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Batavia, New York
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Batavia, New York
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did not go through this museum but did rent the iPad for the battlefield iPad tour. It was perfect for our family of 5- we could tour at our leisure and it is so much cheaper than the traditional bus tour. We had no technical problems with the iPad - it worked well and we enjoyed the extra information... More 

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Thank dands238
Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gives you a glimpse of Gettysburg before, during and after the war. This museum has great 3D-pictures and films. The movie with the civil war scene, complete with wax figures is a don't miss!

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Thank kmsconcannon
northern Arizona
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Formerly a wax museum, The Gettysburg Heritage Center now offers many unique displays describing the civilian experience during the Battle of Gettysburg. There are primary sources (letters), re-enactments, models, short film clips, even a simulated "cellar experience," showing what it was like to hide in the cellar while the battle raged on around the house. It's the perfect compliment to... More 

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Thank mathstudent245
Kinzers, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Usually we take visitors to the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center. We were visiting with our grandchildren and heard about this museum. This museum had a lot of interactions for them, 3 D glasses to view movies. We found the simulation of what the towns people experienced hiding in the basement while fighting was going on out side their homes... More 

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Thank Sue B
Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husbnd and I visited the Heritage Center with our 10 year old grandchildren. We had been there with them a couple of years ago right after it opened with new owners, and the displays weren't as extensive yet as they are now. Our grandchildren enjoyed it to the extent that they asked to go again. The many displays and... More 

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Thank kah49
South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were taking a private tour with our family in Gettysburg so decided to stop in at the Heritage Center a couple of hours before. Frankly, we would probably not go back. That's just us. If you are a major history buff it's probably great, but for our family with children age 6, nine and 12 it was not that... More 

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Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your recent visit with us. When we renovated our museum 2 years ago, our primary audience was women and children. Instead of focusing on the battle, we turned the focus to the civilians and the town, hopefully allowing more families, women and children to relate... More 

Ambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a unique, well laid out museum of the experience of the battle from the people who lived in Gettsyburg. Don't miss the "Cellar Experience" where you can imagine hiding in your cellar from the battle raging outside. Also has one of the best gift shops in town. Our weekend there was a living encampment (August 6/7) that was... More 

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Thank Barbara B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect place to start your Gettysburg experience. They present the Battle of Gettysburg from the civilians' perspectives. Very, very interesting and well done. We especially liked the cellar experience.

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Thank Amy M
Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was across the street from our hotel. You can book tours or buy buy your souvenirs. They had a group of reenactors camping out over the weekend, giving demonstrations and such.

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Thank kshoulde
USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum focuses on the battle from the perspective of the residents. It is well done and educational. The tour ends with a great film and display. I like that you went at your own pace and schedule. Certainly one of the highlights of our visit to Gettysburg. Don't miss spending time in the gift shop.

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